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Oklahoma football: Why Daniel Franklin counts coming to OU as one of his greatest decisions

Bachelor's and master's degrees in hand, the former Sooner linebacker who never started a single game heads to law school grateful for everything college football gave him.
by Jason Kersey Published: June 9, 2013

He admitted that he considered transferring to another school where he might play more, but said those feelings only lasted about one summer.

“I loved OU,” Franklin said. “I had committed to play football at OU. I gave my word and that's where I wanted to be.”

Franklin said college football was a “reality check” for him because, like many high-school football standouts, he'd rarely stopped to consider life after the game.

“I think a lot of young athletes spend, really, their entirely youth tacitly presuming they're gonna play football forever,” Franklin said. “They never seen an end in sight.

“For me, it became quite apparent at a pretty early stage that I was gonna need to do something else besides play football.”

Franklin's goal of becoming a starting linebacker at OU never came to pass, but because of that, he learned an important lesson that he'll remember the rest of his life.

“I think too often, people forget that organizations and businesses and law firms are really teams,” said Franklin, who hasn't decided on a law school just yet but is leaning toward the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.

“You may not get to do exactly what you want to do, but at the end of the day, you have to do your part so that organization as a whole can function. I hope my experience at OU will help me transition into that professional life where I need to do a specific role to help an organization function.”